Over 2,500 windows in Downtown Houston damaged in Thursday’s storm

Houston Police Officers survey the damage near their downtown office in the aftermath of a severe thunderstorm Friday, May 17, 2024, in Houston. Thunderstorms pummeled southeastern Texas on Thursday killing at least four people, blowing out windows in high-rise buildings and knocking out power to more than 900,000 homes and businesses in the Houston area. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip, Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

HOUSTON – The Houston Downtown Management District says over 2,500 windows were damaged in Thursday’s storm.

The district shared the information on Monday and provided more information related to storm recovery in downtown.

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Several roadways and areas remain closed including:

  • Louisiana – from Polk to McKinney
  • Lamar - from Travis to Smith
  • Dallas - from Milam to Smith
  • Milam - from Mckinney to Polk

In addition, Travis heading north between Franklin and Commerce will be closed for the next few days and traffic is being routed around that block.

“Property owners concerned about falling glass from windows that have not been boarded up are encouraged to do so with the City of Houston Department of Public Work’s full cooperation to accomplish any remaining work and secure shattered windows quickly,” the management district said.

A survey of downtown property owners and building managers showed over 2,500 windows and dozens of skylights were damaged in the storm. Most of the windows have either been boarded up or will be within the next 48 hours.

The management district said replacement windows were reported to take “months” by property owners and managers.

People are urged to avoid walking the area where HPD has closed streets until it is secured from danger of falling glass.

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Christian Terry covered digital news in Tyler and Wichita Falls before returning to the Houston area where he grew up. He is passionate about weather and the outdoors and often spends his days off on the water fishing.

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